Learning about fashion, gaining inspiration, is definitely aided by visualising the process. Curating what inspires you is an engaging and fun way of nailing down what you like. It provides a visual record that you can look back on. Pinterest is, for example, a website based entirely on the inspo album idea. So let’s take a look at a minimalism inspo album, curated by someone else (I am not claiming that I created this content!). Hopefully you can use this post as a resource to spur your own thoughts, and to find new sources of minimalist fashion inspiration.
An “inspo album” is super helpful in this. Minimalism is, of course, an aesthetic as well as a lifestyle. We have all seen those editorial, magazine style photographs of immaculate looking homes that do not appear lived in. I don’t personally find them as inspiring as seeing more “real” examples. When it comes to fashion, however, I think there’s room for sources of inspiration like street style, magazine and runway shows. We can basically just say “I’d wear that!”
So in this post I’m going to make use of the huge “Big Ol Minimalism Inspo Album” posted on Reddit’s MaleFashionAdvice community at the tail end of February 2018. Here are my highlights!
Find the gallery at the bottom of this post!
Minimalism inspo 1: A monochrome women’s look with loafers [number 2]
This is a look that shows how accessible the minimalist aesthetic can be. It also shows how you can take inspiration from women’s and men’s fashion. The take-aways for me, here, are:
- Subtle styling cues like rolled up sleeves can add a lot. Especially in terms of playing with proportions. The skinny trousers are well balanced out by the flowy fit of the shirt.
- The loafers look great. I have considered a pair for a while, but I don’t currently need a new pair of formal shoes. This outfit shows how loafers can work in more casual looks, too. I would personally wear them with socks.
Minimalism inspo 2. A classic, yet very modern looking, look with wool trousers and leather sneakers [number 14]
I am a sucker for this kind of look. At the beginning of the year I declared my intention to try and build this kind of look into the core of my wardrobe. This is a look that really benefits from tailoring or alterations to get the perfect look.
- Cropped trousers can look extremely clean, but they are not the be-all and end-all. The trousers could sit slightly lower, just hitting the tops of the shoes.
- Camel scarves are great, I love mine. They are a very versatile investment. A scarf goes great with an overcoat, as seen here, and in my own OOTD posts.
- Because the colour palette of this so muted, it helps that each item looks (or is?) expensive.
Minimalism inspo 3. Drape and oversized fits [Number 42]
- This challenging outfit is interesting because of its oversized nature. It helps, I think, that the model is very thin. The setting of the photo helps, too. It makes me think of traditional Japanese rural clothing
- The greys and browns go so well together, but what is really king here is the mix of textures and weaves. When you restrict yourself in terms of colour, these details can give a lot of depth, making simple looks pleasing to look at.
Minimalism inspo 4. Denim and wool makea a great combination  and  Oversized grey coat + all black.
- Another womenswear look, this can easily be adapted. Chelsea boots and slim, skinny or tapered jeans/trousers are great for pairing with items like oversized knitwear and denim shirts.
- Again, the styling is pleasing, and calls attention to the layering. It makes everything look very intentional.
- Grey really is the “in” choice for neutrals. And for good reason. It looks godly with black, chic with navy, and it allows colours to pop.
- This look exemplifies how one killer item can make an entire outfit look hella fuego
Minimalism inspo 5. Simple looks = Well put together 
What I enjoy about this outfit is that is highly achievable. Every item is a “classic” menswear item, likely to be in a capsule wardrobe. A classic cotton shirt, a simple t-shirt for a base layer, is teamed with high-shine derbies and slim trousers.
Again this guy has gone for the cropped trousers look, which does show off the shoes. You could easily go a bit fuller and longer in the trouser.
Minimalism inspo 6. Breton stripes and denim 
A great styling tip of mine is to pair Breton stripes and denim. A denim jacket would look great here, but the cardigan works just as well.
Minimalism inspo 7. Wider trousers and a blazer 
This is what I have been talking about throughout this post about the fullness of a trouser leg providing a bit of interest. I like the whole look, but the blazer / jacket is something I both like and dislike at the same time. This is a look where a few tweaks and, for me, it would be perfect. Although I am usually a huge fan of Chelsea boots, I think a chunkier shoe like a derby or combat boot would exemplify this look, too.
Minimalism inspo Gallery [Click through below!]